If you enjoy this blog, I’m asking a favor, and it’s not for me.
Please consider making a donation for Sam Mayfield, a documentary producer and friend of mine who is raising funds to defray production costs of her new film Wisconsin Rising! The documentary tells the story of how the people of Wisconsin rose up, occupied their state capitol, and took to the streets in a way that has been rarely seen in recent American history. More than one state’s rejection of a conservative takeover, Wisconsin Rising! is a microcosm of what is at stake in America today, at a time of fiscal crisis and ideologically driven budgets.
Donating is easy through Kickstarter. The site enables you to see a trailer and, if you choose, to use your existing Amazon account to contribute. Donations for as little as $1 are gladly accepted.
But do it now. According to Kickstarter rules, Sam has until Saturday to raise a total of $40,000 or she will lose the more than $23,000 that individuals have already given to the project.
The people that funded Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attack on workers were radical billionaires with a national agenda. This is an opportunity for the rest of us to be heard.
I was first introduced to Sam’s work through Silenced Voices, her film about a 16-year-old Mexican boy who was killed in an accident at a Vermont dairy and the group of farmworkers’ rights advocates who accompanied his body back to his home village. It provides a unique and compelling glimpse into the families and culture that migrant workers leave behind when they come to this country and profoundly improved my understanding of the workers I wrote about in Tomatoland. I am indebted to her.
Silenced Voices was extraordinary and important. Wisconsin Rising! will be more so because it effects every worker in the United States.